ISAAC Australia is excited to announce that the ISAAC international conference is coming down under for the first time ever. The conference will be held on the Gold Coast in 2018. This news was announced at the 2016 ISAAC conference in Toronto on 10th August. Watch this space for more details!
Did you know that people who use AAC can attend the Liberator AAC Summit for free? The summit will be held in Melbourne on 21st and 2nd July 2016. More details are available at http://liberator.net.au/aac-summit.
The Victorian Disability Advisory Council is looking for new members. If you are interested, please refer to the attached document. VDAC recruitment Advert
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Thanks to Fiona Given for this article:
AAC Voice Halloween Picnic
This year AAC Voice marked AAC Awareness Month by hosting a Halloween themed picnic on the 31st October at the Kokoda Memorial Track picnic area in Rhodes.
We really appreciated the people who were new to AAC Voice, especially those who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), who came.
People used a range of low tech and high tech AAC. We also had a variety of AAC methods demonstrated on the day. These included PODD communication systems, Liberator communication devices and Key Word Sign NSW.
There were witches and fairies. The picnic area was decorated in true Halloween style with Halloween balloons, tablecloths and even a pumpkin!
The greatest thing about this year’s event was the diversity of the people who came. There were people who used AAC, speech pathologists, owner and chef from a nearby pizza restaurant, an audiologist, a teacher, a GP and a social worker. We really did raise awareness of AAC
October is AAC awareness month, and ISAAC Australia is proud to announce our inaugural AAC photo competition. To be in the running to win a prize, email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet to @isaacaus (#aacpics). The competition closes on 30/10/15. All photos showcasing AAC are welcome. Good luck!
30th Anniversary Free Access Event
It has been 30 years since the founding of the Augmentative and Alternative Communication journal in 1985. To celebrate this milestone, the AAC journal editors, past and present, and publisher Taylor & Francis are providing key articles free for a period of 30 days. One article will be featured each week during the month of October 2015. These releases coincide with International AAC Awareness Month, celebrated every year in October. Two additional articles will be available in December 2015.
We are excited to announce the first featured article, now available online:
- Early Intervention and AAC: What a Difference 30 Years Makes
MaryAnn Romski, Rose A. Sevcik, Andrea Barton-Hulsey & Ani S. Whitmore
AAC, 31, 181-202.
Abstract: This article provides an overview of early intervention and AAC over the 30-year period since the founding of the journal Augmentative and Alternative Communication in 1985. It discusses the global context for early intervention and addresses issues pertaining to young children from birth to 6 years of age. It provides a narrative review and synthesis of the evidence base in AAC and early intervention. Finally, it provides implications for practice and future research directions.
Re-visit this page for updates throughout October!